Cultural Glimpse

Enjoying diversity

Month: March, 2013

The Wailing Wall at Freedom Christian

The Wailing Wall

The Wailing Wall or Western Wall is in Jerusalem and is believed by many people to be the remains of one wall of a great Jewish temple or the wall surrounding the temple’s courtyard. It is a stone wall that extends about 62 feet above the ground and is considered to be a sacred site by Jews. Thousands of people make pilgrimages there each year.

Many Muslims believe that the wall has no relation to ancient Judaism. They refer to the wall as the Al-Buraq Wall, a reference to Al-Buraq, the winged steed that Muhammad is said to have ridden. Muslims believe that Muhammad tied Al-Buraq to the wall while he ascended to heaven to speak with God. Many Muslims also believe that the wall was part of the ancient Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that Jews did not begin praying at the wall until at least the 16th century, if not much later.

Jews from all countries, and as well as tourists of other religious backgrounds, go to pray at the wall, where many people believe that one immediately has the “ear of God.” Prayers that are sent in are placed into the cracks of the walls and are called kvitelach.

For the past few weeks at Freedom Christian, we’ve had our own Wailing Wall, with attendees writing their prayers and sending them off to God.

I love this church.

Great Belly Dancing Man

Many feel that dancing is a healthy form of getting rid of stress.  Today, belly dancing has been adopted by nations all over the world, and is seen as more of an art form than as entertainment. According to an article written by Farhad Peikar, in China belly dancing has become a favorite among the youth, and not just for girls. Boys are equally receptive of the new dance and have joined studios in major cities.

I think the guy in this video would be a great candidate for teaching belly dancing.

Legendary Iraqi Singer

Sadoon Jabir is a legendary Iraqi singer who back in the olden days, brought my mom to tears as she listened to him on the radio and remembered her son who’d left Iraq for America when he was 21 years old. Yesterday at Farmington Manor, he brought many tears, as he is known to do wherever he goes, as he sang his famous heart-felt songs about love and Iraq.

In honor of its first year anniversary, the Mesopotamian Forum for Art and Culture brought Sadoon Jabir and the great Iraqi composer, Nadhem Naeem. I was to cover the story, and I tried to – when I wasn’t swept away by the wonderful songs, the tears, the laughter, the joy and the excitement. Because of all the excitement, Mr. Jabir said it would be best that I interviewed him one-on-one on a different day.

After watching him perform, I wonder if when I do get that chance to sit with him if I’ll be more apt to beg that he sings some or whether to ask him questions.


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